ADB's Focus on Social Development and Poverty
In the Spotlight
Public work programs can build much-needed infrastructure while helping lift people out of poverty and shield them from the effects of natural disasters and economic crises.
Efforts to enhance and expand social protection coverage in the Pacific have improved significantly over the last few years, but more needs to be done to achieve inclusive and sustainable development for all, according to a new ADB report.
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) needs to improve financial incentives for service providers to strengthen the PRC’s three-tiered elderly care system if it is to cope with an old aged population set to double to 289 million by 2034, according to a new ADB brief.
Beetle’s family is one of many in the village to receive regular cash grants from the government to help them make ends meet in return for sending their children to school and taking them for regular health checkups.
Despite the extraordinary gains made in living standards in Asia and the Pacific, hundreds of millions are still excluded from the benefits of rapid economic growth. Without access to basic social services, they are vulnerable to illness, unemployment, and the region’s increasingly devastating natural disasters. A social development agenda involves people and their communities, organizations, institutions, societies, and governments in all poverty relief activities. The aim is to reduce poverty, inequality, and vulnerability among the poor.